Soldiers’ Iraqi accusers repeatedly lied under oath, al-Sweady inquiry told

MoD lawyers accuse Iraqi complainants of ‘criminal conspiracy’ motivated by attempt to extract compensation

Iraqis who accused British soldiers of murder and torture after a fierce battle are guilty of a “criminal conspiracy” to pervert the course of justice and repeatedly lied under oath to a public inquiry, the Ministry of Defence has said.

The serious charge was made during bitter and heated exchanges as lawyers for the Iraqis accused the British soldiers of “gross violations of the Geneva conventions”, including mock executions. Lawyers for the British soldiers suggested the motive behind the Iraqi allegations was an attempt to extract financial compensation.

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